- Developing research questions based on both theory and the autistic community’s needs, and tailoring methods to be suitable for investigating the diverse and heterogeneous autistic population;
- Description of various language profiles in autism; comparisons with other clinical populations;
- Fundamental: Explanation of variation and individual differences based on theory (linguistics/psychology), providing new insights in both linguistic theory and architecture of human cognition, specifically in the Constraints on Variation in Language and Communication;
- Society: Input for improved evidence-based diagnosis and intervention in autism;
- Support early-career researchers.
LiA convenes every week for one hour, currently on Mondays 12-13. More practical/organizational Lab Meetings are alternated by Presentation Meetings. LiA will initiate 1-2 ACLC seminar lectures per year.
We also intend to organize meetings in which we present and discuss our results with stake-holders (e.g., self-advocates, relatives, caregivers, teachers, practitioners).
Coordinator and group members
- Staff (in alphabetical order): Corina Andone (FGW); Raquel Fernandez Rovira (FNWI); Monique Flecken (FGW); Karen Lahousse (University of Leuven); Beyza Sümer (FGW); Tim Ziermans (FMG).
- Bachelor’s and Master’s students interested in and/or working on language in autism.
- Speech-Language Therapists interested in language in autism.